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John Wilkes Booth

1838 - 1865

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John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838 – April 26, 1865) was an American stage actor who assassinated United States President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. A member of the prominent 19th-century Booth theatrical family from Maryland, he was a noted actor who was also a Confederate sympathizer; denouncing President Lincoln, he lamented the then-recent abolition of slavery in the United States.Originally, Booth and his small group of conspirators had plotted to kidnap Lincoln to aid the Confederate cause. They later decided to murder him, as well as Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William H. Seward. Although the Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert E. Lee, had surrendered to the Union Army four days earlier, Booth believed that the Civil War remained unresolved because the Army of Tennessee of General Joseph E. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Wilkes Booth has received more than 9,761,502 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). John Wilkes Booth is the 2nd most popular extremist (up from 3rd in 2019), the 47th most popular biography from United States (down from 46th in 2019) and the most popular American Extremist.

John Wilkes Booth was most famous for assassinating Abraham Lincoln.

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Among extremists, John Wilkes Booth ranks 2 out of 209Before him are Jack the Ripper. After him are Charles Manson, Elizabeth Báthory, Gavrilo Princip, Osama bin Laden, Ted Bundy, Herostratus, Lee Harvey Oswald, Man in the Iron Mask, Gilles de Rais, and Ted Kaczynski.

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Among people born in 1838, John Wilkes Booth ranks 1After him are Georges Bizet, Ernst Mach, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Max Bruch, Franz Brentano, Tobias Asser, Luís I of Portugal, Jan Matejko, Prince Philippe, Count of Paris, Ernest Solvay, and Émile Loubet. Among people deceased in 1865, John Wilkes Booth ranks 2Before him is Abraham Lincoln. After him are Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Leopold I of Belgium, Ignaz Semmelweis, Emil Lenz, William Rowan Hamilton, Anna Pavlovna of Russia, Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsesarevich of Russia, Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, and Heinrich Barth.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Wilkes Booth ranks 47 out of 18,182Before him are Eleanor Roosevelt (1884), Al Capone (1899), George W. Bush (1946), Andy Warhol (1928), Harry S. Truman (1884), and Wallis Simpson (1896). After him are Abraham Maslow (1908), Stanley Kubrick (1928), Richard Nixon (1913), Marlon Brando (1924), Clint Eastwood (1930), and Jack London (1876).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, John Wilkes Booth ranks 1After him are Charles Manson (1934), Ted Bundy (1946), Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Zodiac Killer (1940), Ed Gein (1906), Albert Fish (1870), John Wayne Gacy (1942), Jim Jones (1931), Machine Gun Kelly (1895), and H. H. Holmes (1861).